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Jet lag and stress

Friday, July 08, 2011

Thanks for the sweet comments on my blogs guys!

Yesterday I was so jet lagged that I could barely finish a sentence. My boss was asking me questions and I had to tell him to ask me later, because I just wasn't following! I got an all natural jet lag pill from the chemist, which helped, but not as much as a good nights sleep!!!

So, I am working heaps over the next month. Waaaaaay more than I usually like. I will manage, but it is looking like it will be a looooooooooong 4 months until graduation!

Things are stressful in the bubble household. I am working everyday until Tuesday. My mum, who is still recovering from her operation, is being run ragged looking after my grandpa (dad's dad) with a broken knee. He is so demanding, and just expects us all to drop everything to run him around to his errands. He just doesn't understand that we all work fulltime. When my mum said that she couldn't come around until Saturday to take him to the barber/bank/drycleaner etc he said "Oh, Jess and Russell don't do much, send one of them". Frustrating, since I work 5 days a week at the moment and Russell works 6. Obviously if it was an emergency, or he needed food we would be round to help, but it is just stuff he WANTS to do. We would be more happy to help if he was at all grateful. And now grandad (mums dad) is sick and mums family are on her case for not helping more! Its not like she has time! She wants to help with her dad, but grandpa has no one else and is very demanding, grandad has another daughter who can help him. And I just feel useless because I work all day and they are both settled for the night by the time I could go and see them.

Sigh. Not much I can do, but just wanted to vent!

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CARLA-216 7/8/2011 2:46PM

    Jet lag is the pits! I hope you've recovered by now.

It does sound stressful with working so much and having grandpa and grandad needing help. You've got uni too, so don't feel useless that you're not able to help out much.

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Back from Raro - Part 2

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

OK, so part 1 didn't break my computer. This is good news! Are we all still interested? Are we all having a good time? Are we all jeleous? :D

Day Three:

Day Three was Sunday. Let me tell you about Sundays in the Cook Islands. Nothing is open. The resorts are, obviously, and a few corner stores are (and a few places run by expat kiwis!) but other than that the island is closed for the day. So we had to make our own fun!

We biked around the inner road of the island. In Raro there are 2 main roads, the main road, which follows the ocean, and the back road which has been used for nearly 1000 years. The back road is very different from the main road. It is 1 lane most of the way, and you are plunged into rainforest. It is mainly used by locals, and that is where a lot of their houses are located. Because it is so old there are a few historical sites, a few Pa's and Maraes scattered around.

We went back to Muri for lunch.

The place we went to is run by an exkiwi, and a friend of my workmate. She got a shipping container, painted it, added a stove and running water and runs the islands best sandwich shop from it.

Only when you are on holiday is it OK to eat a sandwich so big it needs to be held together with a skewer. Freshly caught tuna with salad and lime mayo on fresh turkish bread. I want one right now!

Then we pottered back to the resort, stopping for a few photos

OK, this is morbid, but hear me out as to why this is on here. There are random graves scattered all over. And not just in cemetaries either. Most houses will have a couple of graves out the front by the road. In the Cook Islands land cannot be sold or purchased, only leased for up to 60 years. So, when a family member died they get buried in the front yard, because that land will always belong to the family anyways. Some of the graves are very old and run down, and some are nicer than the houses!

We went to dinner at the pizza place at the end of our resorts driveway. It was cheap, which is good because it was awful! The pizza tasted like cheese on cardboard. Yucky!

Day Four:

Our last day in Raro. We got up early because I was visiting a school. Turns out they had completely forgotten I was coming. Never to mind, because in true Rarotongan hospitality the principal showed me around anyway! The school was tiny, only 76 kids in 5 classrooms. They spoke Cook Islands Maori until 8 years old, so I was a bit lost in the younger classes. The youngest class sung me a song and a rhyme they had been learning, which was so adorable I could hardly stand it. The older class, who spoke English, let me have a chat with them about who I was and why I was there visiting them. They all seemed very keen for me to live in the Cook Islands and be a teacher there! Can't say I would hate it....

We went for a ride up to Wigmores Waterfall. It was underwhelming. And so we interupted a drug deal or something, so we snapped a few pics and took off. The waterfall was down a road that had been all but abandoned, and there were empty buildings. It was a bit creepy, if I'm honest!

The next part is my favourite part of the whole trip!

At Muri, there are 3 islands about 100 metres off from shore. They are covered with trees and are very sheltered, and for $10 you can get a water taxi (read small motorboat) to take you to an island. For as long as you want. So we did that. And for an hour we had our own island and lagoon all to ourselves, and it was wonderful. It was so calm and warm because the sea winds were blocked by the trees. After an hour a boatload of tourists came along (the boat tours stop off on the island for lunch and a lesson on husking coconuts). But for that hour we felt like celebs, on our own little island!

View of Raro from the island

Time on the island

With much protest we headed back to the resort. We spent the rest of the afternoon chillin' at the resort, reading our books and soaking up as much sun as we could.

We went out to dinner one last time, and headed back to the resort. We got some sleep because our flight didn't leave until 1am. We packed up, went to the airport and flew home. Arrived at 3am NZ time to 6C and rain. Sigh. We'll go back, and I recommend everyone goes if they can. It was an amazing trip and one I wouldn't trade for anything in the world, except maybe a different credit card balance!

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CARLA-216 7/6/2011 7:37AM

    Oh my goodness, I love the whole little island for yourselves! It is so totally beautiful there.

The bit about the graves is interesting, and it does make sense why they do it that way there.

I'd have been freaked out to happen upon a drug deal! Yikes!

And how neat that you visited a school.

So glad you had a wonderful time!

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ILOVEROSES 7/6/2011 7:07AM

    I am glad you two had such a great time but it's a bit far from Melbourne to go to Raro for just 4 days - long weekend.
In a couple of weeks we leave home for 12 weeks travelling to Scotland, Poland, London, New York, Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, Salt Lake City, touring National Parks of US and then Las Vegas and San Francisco.
In New York, Chicago and Las Vegas I'll be meeting a few of my Spark Friends! emoticon emoticon

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PUFFPASTRY 7/6/2011 2:29AM

    Wow! So, I have tons of questions, but I'll try not to destroy the lovely memory of your vacay with socio-anthropological inquiries...I mean, that's what Google is for. :) I love that you visited a school, though, and that you got your own island for an hour....I wonder how you spent that time, NUDGE NUDGE WINK WINK...there are some things one doesn't share even in a Spark People blog, and that is probably juuuuust fine.
Okay, but really: what was going on that you thought might be a drug deal, and what drugs would Rarotongans be doing??? I don't think Google is going to be able to provide me with that information. emoticon

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Back from Raro (with pics!!!!)

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Kia Orana! I am back from the beautiful and amazing Rarotonga. We had the best time and 4 days wasn't long enough. We packed a lot of swimming, snorkling, eating, sightseeing, poolside lounging and sleeping into the 4 days. I will warn you now, this is long and picture full. I may need 2 installments.

Day One:

We were only there 10 minutes before we got lei'd

We headed back to the hotel and got some much needed sleep! The flights into Raro are at very odd hours. We got in at midnight, and left at 1am. Madness, I tell you!

Woke up and chilled outside our room while Russell got ready. We had a garden room with a nice view. The ocean was only 50m away and I could hear it loud and clear every morning!

We ate our breakfast and went for a walk around the resort while we waited for the bus to take us to town.

In town we picked up our ride for the 4 days.

We both got our Cook Islands drivers licences so we could both drive it. I thought
Russell would be the main driver but he HATED it and I ended up driving 75% of the time. I loved driving it and didn't mind at all.
Helments are optional in Raro, and while we got them we didn't use them.

Naughty, we know. Its kinda like how in Singapore you don't have to wear a seatbelt in the backseat of a car. You know you still should, but while in Rome... (Or Raro, or Singapore for that matter)

We biked around the island, with a destination in mind: Muri Beach. The pictures don't do it justice. This is without a doubt the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The water is clear and bright, the sun was shining. Magical.

We headed back to the room and changed for the beach. The resort we were at was on a snorkling beach with heaps of coral reef and different tropical fish. It was amazing!

Post snorkling cocktail by the beach.

The island is pretty small and we were only 5K from town so we headed out for dinner. We had an amazing seafood platter, which is a must if you are on a tropical island!

Day Two:

I'll be honest. We did next to nothing on day two. We got up early and went to the markets and did some shopping, but it was a wildly overpriced tourist trap. I got a necklace and a bracelet, and Russell got a shirt. I was also not feeling too good (lack of sleep and water) so we headed back to the resort where we spent most of the day in our room asleep. We napped on and off for about 5 hours, only getting up to have lunch. We needed that rest! In the afternoon I moved my napping to under a palm tree.

That evening we were booked in at the resort for their cultural night. This included a buffet dinner and a show. The food was OK, and the show was good. They had overbooked though, and tried to sit us at a table with 2 other people. As nice as I'm sure they were I was there to spend time with my boyfriend, not strangers. I complained to the manager (we should have been told upon booking that we would be required to sit with other people, which was my main issue. Also, I get 4 days this year of undivided time with my boyfriend. You bet I'm gonna get selfish about it!) who set us up a small table at the back, but allowed us to move near the front for the show.

The sexy men

The cutie pie kids group

The dress I loved, but the photo I hate. I was slouching to fit under Russell's arm (he is only 2 inches taller) I look odd.

Stay tuned for days three and four!!!

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MBSHAZZER 7/13/2011 9:31AM

    OMG, what a beautiful place! And you look fabulous!

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CARLA-216 7/6/2011 7:27AM

    Oooh, looks and sounds like a fab time! I can't wait to read part 2!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/6/2011 7:10AM

    Sounds like you had a great trip! Beautiful photos!

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ILOVEROSES 7/6/2011 6:57AM

    Your first 2 days sound perfect! emoticon emoticon

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PUFFPASTRY 7/6/2011 2:16AM

    It's really fun to read about your trip, as I know very few people who've gone on tropical vacations! I'm moving on to part 2...yay....

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Doctors, haircuts and pics!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hi all.

Doctors last night. I have an inflamation /infection going on in my lungs. That explains why I haven't been able to breathe lately. I am on steriods for 7 days and antibiotics for 10 to clear it up. Until then the working out will be on hold. If I can't breathe sitting still there is no way I will be able to breathe running around! Finger crossed that next week will be better and I can get back to the working out!

I had a hair trim and restyle. Observe:

My hairdresser kept talking about how nice my curls are. I just nodded. I don't like them much. In fact probably the only thing I would change about myself is my hair (and my weight, obviously!). Alas it shall stay curly. Stoopid genetics. I have the exact same hair as my mum.

And the view from my house was so pretty when I got home that I just had to share! Using my new panorama feature on my new camera.

Panorama fail:

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CARLA-216 6/30/2011 11:16AM

    Hope the drugs kick the inflammation out quick!

Love the haircut! I also like your cute curls.

What a view from you house! I want to be there in person. [sigh] Maybe one day if I can ever wrap my mind around flying for that long...

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PURPLESPEDCOW 6/29/2011 9:35AM

    I think the hair cut it cute! I would love to have some body in my hair.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/29/2011 6:02AM

    What a great view! Have a great week, feel beet soon.

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Lets talk about the gym, baby

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Let me start by saying this: It has been 4 days since my last assignment and the withdrawls are getting better. Seriously, it is weird to have NOTHING to do on my days off and in the evenings. My time is my own. I am both loving it and concerned by it.

So this morning I toddled off to the gym, like a good girl. No working out in...ummm...9 days, so I thought I'd get a good spinning class in. No go. Spinning teacher was sick. I could have cried. There was no other classes on either! So I went and used the gym.

Yuck. I lasted 24 minutes before I wanted to tear my hair out. I was sooooooo bored! Apart from running on the treadmill for 5 minutes (didn't wanna push it after 8 months off!) I hated every minute.

I love my classes. I now know that I need my classes! I need the social interaction of boxing, the spinning instructor telling me what to do and when to do it, the pump instructor deciding what I am doing next and not letting me stop even for a second.

My name is Jess and I am a class-a-holic.

I have also signed up for a 6K in December, 10 days before my 23rd birthday. This should aide my plan to start running again. I really enjoyed by 5 minutes this morning! And I know that 5 minuts on the treadmill = 1 minute on the ground for me, so at least I still have some running fitness!

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AMLYST 7/1/2011 1:19PM

    I TOTALLY agree with you! I have been doing kickboxing and bands classes since January, and I honestly don't think I'll ever be able to get back on the treadmill or eliptical EVER. I don't even know if I'll be "a runner" again either, which is surprising because that used to be the only thing I LOVED!

Good Job, Girl, for finding an exercise you enjoy!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/28/2011 7:27PM

    Glad you found the way you like to work out! Sorry spinning was cancelled. Your classes sound fun, I can see why you enjoy them.

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CARLA-216 6/28/2011 10:08AM

    Hope you can get some classes in soon!
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BARBARASCH 6/28/2011 5:25AM

    Spinning is great, but sooooo exhausting!! ;)) But great, that you found out what keeps you going

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JESSE73553 6/28/2011 1:41AM

    What is spinning? I have never heard of it before. I tried the Gym thing and it was really boring and I really felt dumb because I don't know the equipment, but I never even thought of taking some type of class. Is it expensive? Thanks for posting.

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